Friday, 5 March 2010

A Practical Coat

It was, in theory, designed with practicality in mind: nine-tenths sleeves, narrow cuffs, slit down the back, one hidden breast pocket in the lining and buttoned pockets on the outside. The buttons are of a brass-coloured alloy and they adorn the cuffs, the pockets and the front of the coat. The buttons are only only on the outside of the cuff, so as to prevent it catching on the coat.

The coat is made of a thick wool-linen blend (like many of the other cloaks and coats seen on these pages) and is lined in real silk brocade. It has long, decorative buttonholes and is edged in the brocade lining.

The coat isn't actually black, it's actually a midnight green. That said, unless in direct sunlight, it does look more black than green.

Whether or not it's actually practical, is of course another matter. After all, silk brocade isn't very machine washable, but it is cut to be out of the mud unless a truly horrific site.

In other news: The new Character Kit website is live! Many broken links now litter the Costume Mercenary blog. Please be patient as I rummage through the archives and straighten it all out again.

To commission a similar coat from the Costume Mercenary would cost in the region of £90-110.

More photos under the cut.

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